The New York Legislature took a step toward funding the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s capital program last week when Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan, proposed tolling the Harlem and East River bridges and imposing a payroll tax. No legislation has been introduced, however, though lawmakers in both chambers are reviewing a draft program bill from Gov. David Paterson.

Silver’s proposal differs from that of the so-called Ravitch Commission in that the tolls would be the same as a one-way fare on the subway system — currently $2 — as opposed to matching tolls at other major MTA bridges where the fare is currently $4.15.

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